Sunday, November 2, 2008


Three tools that help you write a drabble:

First, inspiration—the quick-writing groups on offer plenty of suggestions;
second, a word-processor that looks for synonyms—too much repetition in so few words gets boring;
and third, a word-processor that counts your words, because reading will probably distract you from adding them up.

Two close relatives of drabbles:

The dribble, which is a mere fifty words long;
and the double-drabble, which comes in at two-hundred.

One feeble attempt to describe the attraction of drabbles:

They read like super-sized haikus, with words instead of syllables, and a hundred instead of seventeen.

100 words

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